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post #11 of 16 Old 02-02-2009, 07:11 PM
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You did a great job with it!

The only thing I'd suggest is not going with the UGF. It seems that most people that had them have taken them out because every time you clean it you need to rip up your entire tank. I don't know if you're going planted or not, but that would be horrible with live plants. And, if you don't clean them you will end up with awful bacteria and nitrate problems. I think your best bet would be a good HOB filter or a canister filter if you want a lot of filtration. They're just easier to service and healthier for your aquarium in the long run.

So here's the real question. What are you going to put in them? :)

20 gallon long: 3 adult Neolamprologus similis + about 11 fry of various ages; low light planted tank
20 gallon long:2 freshwater dwarf puffers (Puff Puff and Poofer); medium-light planted tank
10 gallon: 1 male betta named Wormy; low light planted tank
10 gallon: 1 male betta named Dante; low light planted tank
2, 5.5 gallon tanks that are currently empty (I see more fish on the horizon )
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post #12 of 16 Old 02-02-2009, 07:28 PM
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Looks brand new again!!! Awsome job!
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post #13 of 16 Old 02-02-2009, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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You did a great job with it!

The only thing I'd suggest is not going with the UGF. It seems that most people that had them have taken them out because every time you clean it you need to rip up your entire tank. I don't know if you're going planted or not, but that would be horrible with live plants. And, if you don't clean them you will end up with awful bacteria and nitrate problems. I think your best bet would be a good HOB filter or a canister filter if you want a lot of filtration. They're just easier to service and healthier for your aquarium in the long run.

So here's the real question. What are you going to put in them? :)
Thank you.
As far as the filter goes, I'm up in the air about the under gravel setup. I tried it one other time and kept having problems with it. I am think of getting another "Tetra" Internal Whisper Filter. I have one in my other 20 gallon and it works wonderfully only thing about it is that its pretty bulky. As far as fish, well I have several guppies and a few sword tails expecting. I've been trying to get rid of my guppies (all fancy) but the local shop's haven't been wanting any. I've been thinking about a couple more mollies and a few platties (maybe try a betta in a community)they always look sad in the cups at the stores.
I currently have 9 swordtails and 2 white mollies in a 20 gallon.

Thanks again!

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...53449959&hl=en

~9 Swordtail's
2 male orange w/black stripe on tail
6 orange female
1 mickey mouse female
~2 White Molly's
~1 Corydoras Sterbai
~1 unknown Cory?
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post #14 of 16 Old 02-08-2009, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Update...

Everything is going good I decided to change the substrate to sand instead of gravel. It was really quit easy (minus the rinsing). Here's a pic for the progress, the items in the tank are from my other tanks, besides the filter full of gravel from my main tank. (I'm trying to speed up the cycle time)

The filter used for to hold the gravel is an industrial coffee filter, I use them when I vacuum the substrate to recycle some of the water. (I put it in a strainer like you'd use for pasta)


Please leave any comments or suggestions good or bad. Thank you.

BTW.. Kim I decided to go with the Tetra Whisper Internal Power Filter it filters 150Gal Hour and is only 19$ at my local Walmart :)

http://video.google.com/videoplay?do...53449959&hl=en

~9 Swordtail's
2 male orange w/black stripe on tail
6 orange female
1 mickey mouse female
~2 White Molly's
~1 Corydoras Sterbai
~1 unknown Cory?

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post #15 of 16 Old 02-08-2009, 05:16 PM
It looks very nice. :)
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post #16 of 16 Old 02-08-2009, 06:37 PM
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Also, if you have really hard to get off grim; take a razor blade and LIGHTLY scrape it down
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